Catching Creativity Where Creativity, Pedagogy & Technology Intersect
Sun Path: Kindergarten students used Seesaw to take a photograph of their writing journals. Then they recorded their voices reading what they had written using "dot and say".
Sun Path: Kindergarten students are learning about U.S. symbols. In Book Creator, students identified each of five symbols and recorded their understanding of what each symbol represents. Students then exported their finished projects as video they uploaded to their Seesaw accounts.
Sweeney: 1st grade students identified various structures of the body from the Project Lead the Way curriculum. Using iMovie they recorded a voiceover of their journal entry each body part. They uploaded their completed videos to their Seesaw accounts.
Eagle Creek: 1st grade math students are studying time. They worked with the Farmyard app to create "A day on the farm" scenes (milking cows, planting crops, feeding animals, collecting eggs). They added the scenes to Book Creator along with images of clocks to indicate start and stop times for each chore. When finished, they recorded voiceover explaining the amount of elapsed time.
Students from the Explore Team at Pearson are working on their passion projects. One group chose to learn how to design and program with the Eggbot. They taught themselves how to do many different designs using online tutorials, but ran into some roadblocks. After an SOS tweet looking for an Eggbot expert, students used Skype to connect with Windell Oskay, Eggbot founder, to do some problem-solving. Students are currently working on a marketing plan to sell their products to students and clubs in our community to raise money and awareness for our makerspaces.
7th grade choir is starting to rehearse a song in Latin. Because of the difficulty of the song, students will be using sheet music and an audio recording to listen and practice on their own. Then they will record themselves singing their part prior to rehearsing the song with the entire class. Using Explain Everything, they will annotate the sheet music and record their voice while playing an accompaniment track. This is a great performance assessment that will help the students practice in a safe place and will allow the teacher to evaluate them on an individual basis.
9th grade physical science students at West Junior High worked collaboratively in groups to calculate the velocity and acceleration of a helium balloon. Using video of the balloon rising, captured through iPhones, iPads, and other portable devices, students were able to perform a video analysis with Logger Pro software on their MacBooks. Students creatively designed an apparatus that would cause the balloon to rise as slowly as possible. This innovative approach to a lab served as a way for students to analyze data and gain a deeper understanding of kinematics.